Kansas City Chiefs: Five players who must step up

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With the 2015 NFL Draft and most of free agency in the books, the Chiefs roster is just about set for the upcoming season. Over the course of this offseason, we have seen the Chiefs make investments all over the roster, especially with the additions of Jeremy Maclin, Ben Grubbs and Marcus Peters.

However, as I have already discussed, there are still questions about the roster this year. So now the Chiefs must turn their attention inward. Success doesn’t come from free agency, or even the draft, it comes from getting better as a team. A major part of that is the improvement that individual players make every year. And that’s what the Chiefs are going to need this year if they want to move forward in their quest for a Super Bowl win.

These are the players that HAVE to improve:

Eric Fisher — The former number one overall pick is in a make or break year. Eric Fisher has largely been a disappointment from his draft status. However, injury and position changes have certainly played a role in that. A healthy offseason, as well as some continuity of position, should allow for Fisher to make a huge jump in his development as an offensive tackle. But the burden lies on him to actually do it.

There currently are not any other quality options available for the left tackle spot, which means the Chiefs have placed all their trust in Fisher developing. This makes the need for his improvement the biggest on the team. If the Chiefs can’t protect Alex Smith’s blindside, then we can expect another season where we come up short of our potential.

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